Creating a parenting plan when you have small children versus older, school aged children is much different. Babies and young children don’t understand what is happening and should be receiving attention and care from both parents during these early years. For this reason, it can be particularly difficult to create a schedule for a baby when the parents live in different households.
Here are some tips to help:
Sync Your Parenting Schedules
Keeping children on a schedule is extremely important, but when it comes to babies and toddlers, this step is crucial. For babies, everything is new, and keeping them fed and well rested is absolutely key to ensuring they grow and develop as they should.
Keep Visits Short
Most child psychologists and other experts suggest that parents who share custody split their parenting time in 2 to 3-day increments. Or, if trading off parenting responsibilities every couple of days isn’t an option for you, consider scheduling visits with the other parent in between custody switches.
Young children hit new developmental milestones almost daily, and when parents share caretaker responsibilities, both are bound to miss certain achievements. Sharing these milestones with one another can help you and your co-parent keep up with every new change. If the two of you are amicable, try sending photos or videos of these moments to one another.
If you need help with a parenting plan, contact The Law Offices of Silky Sahnan for a confidential consultation at 888-228-1098.